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Nawaz Sharif ‘critically unwell’, says doctor

Posted in S. Asia

Published on November 03, 2019 with No Comments

  • Sharif is at government-run hospital in Lahore after being granted indefinite bail following corruption sentence.

Sharif’s Son-In-Law Granted Bail 

A Pakistani court has approved the bail plea of former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s son-in-law, Captain (retired) Muhammad Safdar in a hate speech case. Muhammad Safdar was arrested on October 21 for allegedly passing derogatory comments on the Pakistani Army Chief Qamar Javed Bajwa and the apex court judges. The case had been registered against him under section 16 of the MPO and additional charges were also added after he was presented before the court. As per reports,  Lahore’s session court-approved Muhammad Safdar’s bail plea and has asked him to submit a surety bond of PKR 2,00,000. Muhammad Safdar is a senior leader of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and husband of Maryam Nawaz.  He was arrested on a motorway while he was returning to Lahore from Bhera last week. 

A Pakistani court has temporarily suspended the sentence of former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for eight weeks after his doctor reported that he was “critically unwell” and fighting for his life. Sharif, 69, is being treated at a government-run hospital in the eastern city of Lahore, where a court last week granted him indefinite bail on medical grounds due to his condition, after he was jailed last year following a conviction for corruption. An Islamabad court granted him an eight-week suspension on his seven-year jail term in a separate case. On the same day, Dr Adnan Khan, Sharif’s personal physician, posted on Twitter to say the former three-time prime minister was “fighting the battle for his health and life.” Later he shared with media,” He is being treated for a low  platelet count, but we have been unable to ascertain what is the cause for the low platelet count. There is a high suspicion of an underlying malignancy,” he said, indicating that there is a possibility Sharif may be suffering from a tumour.

Dr Adnan Khan is a member of the six-member government-constituted medical team that is treating the former prime minister. The physician said Sharif was suffering from a consistently low blood platelet count, while also having suffered a non-ST segment elevation myocardial infarction, a type of heart attack.

Sharif’s doctor further said the political leader, the chief of Pakistan’s main opposition PML-N party, was suffering from deteriorating kidney function and poor blood sugar. He said that the political leader needed a PET scan, bone marrow biopsy and lymph node biopsy, but given his weakened state carrying these out was a risk. Last week, PML-N leaders accused the government of having denied Sharif humane conditions and medical care while he was in prison. The government denied the allegations, and Prime Minister Imran Khan directed authorities to provide Sharif with “the best possible healthcare”.


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